Scotty Fuller is a man who demands order. His job as a librarian gives him the solace he needs, and a BDSM club provides him with the kind of entertainment he craves. That is until a cute young college student threatens to unglue his carefully pieced-together life and rip open old wounds.
Wesley Reese is a shy college student with a problem: he’s crushing on the librarian. On a dare he asks the handsome older man on a date, but dating Scotty requires more from Wesley than he can give. When the bondage restraints come out, Wesley knows he’s in too deep.
Sandra's rating:Will he change for love? Will he lose himself forever? Or will each man finally be… Cherished?
First off, this book must come with a trigger warning. It contains physical violence, sexual violence, dubious consent and non-consensual sex. At the core, this book is a romance, but please be aware of the triggers above.
My biggest issue with this novella is that it touched on some serious themes and then blew the resolution. The characterizations were totally uneven, with a lot of back and forth, and I didn't buy that Aaron would actually turn into such a psycho.
I also had some issues with Scotty sudden reversal, and Wesley's ease of sliding on that role (yeah, cryptic, I know, bc spoilers). True love doesn't heal overnight, if at all. And the almost insta-love was unrealistic. I didn't connect to either of the MC, and the sexual situations overshadowed the awesome potential of this story line. I wish the author or her editor had insisted on a full-length story to more deeply explore the relationship between Scotty and Wesley, and their individual hang-ups that both bring with them.
Too many unresolved questions at the end. Considering this is set in the South (Savannah), I must also question the police's reaction and their bending over backwards to help the man. Homophobia is alive and well down south, and as such, this smacked almost of wishful thinking.
The writing itself is good and flows well, without getting into purple territory, though on occasion Scotty sounded too girlie for my taste.
Not a bad effort for a short, but could have been more.
I received a free ARC from the publisher (Wilde City Press). A positive review was not promised in return.
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